Yosemite National Park

May 28, 2010  •  Leave a Comment

In may of 2010 I had my first visit to Yosemite National Park. On the way up there, we took a side trip to a place called Mammoth Pool Reservoir.  Upon seeing that view, I just knew there was something special nearby.

Along Mammoth Pool Road near YosemiteAlong Mammoth Pool Road near Yosemite

Then it was on to the main attraction.  The steep winding Wawona Road heads through a tunnel and then WHAW, the Yosemite Valley is right smack in front of you.   My gosh, it was like stepping into a dream!  It was a foggy morning and the clouds began to break just as we entered the park...

 

Morning fog in Yosemite ValleyMorning fog in Yosemite Valley El Capitan enshrouded in morning fogEl Capitan enshrouded in morning fog

There were so many awesome views.  Here are a few of many photo ops...

Upper Yosemite FallsUpper Yosemite Falls Cathedral Spires in YosemiteCathedral Spires in Yosemite Grassy meadow in Yosemite ValleyGrassy meadow in Yosemite Valley Merced River in Yosemite ValleyMerced River in Yosemite Valley

Merced River and Upper Yosemite FallsMerced River and Upper Yosemite Falls El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome in Yosemite ValleyEl Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome in Yosemite Valley View of Yosemite Valley from Galcier PointView of Yosemite Valley from Galcier Point

One of the many hikes during this trip was to Upper Yosemite Falls.  It was a grueling hike of several miles and countless switchbacks.  The payoff was an incredible view of the valley and of Half Dome.

Half Dome along the hike to Yosemite FallsHalf Dome along the hike to Yosemite Falls

Even saw a grizzly bear along the road to Hetch Hetchy Valley. 

Grizzly Bear near YosemiteGrizzly Bear near Yosemite

The Hetch Hetchy Valley has kind of a sad story to it.  Apparently, in the early 1900s, before the area was protected by the National Parks Service, the Hetch Hetchy Valley was renowned for its natural beauty which was often compared to that of Yosemite Valley itself.  However, it was also targeted for the development of water supply for irrigation and the growing city of San Francisco.  The demand for water eventually won and in 1923, O'Shaughnessy Dam was built and the Tuolumne River filled the valley into what it is today, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.  Here is a 1923 photo compared to the one taken during this 2010 trip.

Hetch Hetchy Valley in the early 1900sHetch Hetchy Valley in the early 1900sPhoto courtesy of Isaiah West Taber Hetch Hetchy ReservoirHetch Hetchy Reservoir

Despite the story of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, I love this place and would be back again! 


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